How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Coworker

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If you have a BFF at work you probably wish that the two of you will never be separated. Your work BFF is not just your lunch buddy, they are your survival kit for work packed in a handy little human. However, there might come a time when you and your BFF will need to be separated as your work friend goes in search of greener pastures. You might be sad about it, but when they ask you to write a letter of recommendation you should write a glowing letter so that they are able to find bliss in another workplace.

Recommendation letters, as I’m sure you know, are used by potential employers to ensure that they are indeed hiring the best candidate, and if you are asked to write a recommendation letter for a coworker that’s probably because your opinion is valued and your contribution will make an impact on your coworker’s success.

1. Check with your coworker for the details

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Don’t just start typing a letter without finding out the particulars. Ask your coworker who you should address the letter to; adding the potential employer’s name will make your letter sound more personal and it will make your words more powerful.

Also, ask your coworker what they want you to talk about in the letter. There must be a particular project they need you to highlight, or a skill you can stress. Remember that the potential employer will be interested to see how your friend does when working in teams and their ability to connect with team members, so your opinion will be valuable.

2. Focus on their strengths

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It’s important to focus your letter on your experience working with your coworker, this is in fact the reason why you were asked to write the recommendation letter so it’s important to make sure that you stress your working relationship.

Mention the number of projects you worked on together, if it was a single project you may delve into the details of the project, but if you’ve pretty much worked on all of your projects together make sure that you point out that you’ve been working together for quite some time.

You must then discuss what it’s like working with this individual and what he or she brings to the team. Remember to highlight your coworker’s best attributes and to explain what a project or a team can gain from this individual.

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3. Discuss their personality

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While the recommendation letter should focus on your experience from working with this person, it’s also essential that you discuss their personality as well. The employer is hiring them for who they are as a person, as well as a professional, so it’s important that you explain what this person is like in real life. A letter that discusses the best traits of one’s personality will convince even the most hesitant of potential employers.

It’s important that this part also focuses on your personal experience with the person so for example you can say that they are great motivators and that they are an inspiration to have in the workplace.

Great coworkers are hard to come by and when they do it’s sad to see them go, however it’s always wonderful to know that a person you appreciate as a professional is moving up in the world so take the time to write a letter of recommendation that truly represents who they are.